The Wallace Collection

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Sword
  • Sword
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Hilt- France; blade- possibly Germany
  • c. 1760
  • Steel and gold, etched and gilded
  • Length: 92 cm
    Length: 73 cm, blade
    Width: 3 cm
    Weight: 1.02 kg
  • A694
  • European Armoury III
Commentary
Further Reading
  • Sword with expanding hilt, of the usual military pattern of the 18th century, but with an expanding hilt, working on the same system as A693, composed of a flattened oviform pommel with turned button; steel grip of rectangular section swelling at the centre; knuckle-guard formed of a fixed central bar with a hinged bar on either side, from which issue branches which return to the quillon; these also carry hinged bars (secured by turning-pins), which have pointed ends to engage slots on the bars of the knuckle-guard, the whole being locked in position by another bar, working on a pivot behind the central bar of the knuckle-guard; the whole forms, when open, a guard of basket type. Below the escutcheon an oval collar is designed to fit over the mouth of the scabbard. There is no decoration other than traces of gilding.

    The strong blade, of diamond section with slightly hollowed facets, has conventional etched and gilt decoration at the forte, now worn. It appears to have been shortened.

    About 1760; hilt French; blade possibly German.